Pollard, Reginald Thomas

Born 30 October 1894 (Castlemaine, Victoria)
Died 24 August 1981. (Gisborne. Woodend cemetery)
Parents: Thomas, railwayman and farmer, and Esther Ann Blenkiron
Marriage: 18 May 1922 Elsie Bowman Hodges; 2s.
Occupation: Farmer
Religion: Presbyterian
Education: Woodend State School, West Melbourne Technical School (fitting and turning), Workingmen's College

Career: Worked on travelling chaffcutter and straw press, Werribee plains; fitter Melbourne engineering firm Ruston & Hornsby 1912-1915; Australian Imperial Force 1915-1919, 6th battalion, Egypt and France, 2nd lieutenant, wounded 1918 and invalided home; soldier settler, dairy farmer Woodend; Australian Natives Association member 1915; attended United Nations conference, San Francisco 1945.

Party: Australian Labor Party
Party Note: Founder and president Woodend branch

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLADalhousieJanuary 1924(b/e)March 1927 
MLABulla and DalhousieApril 1927 April 1932Defeated

Other seats contested: Gippsland (fed.) 1934, Castlemaine and Kyneton 1935
Non-Victorian Parliamentary Service: MHR Ballarat 1937-1949, Lalor 1949-1966
Appointments: Assistant Minister of Agriculture Dec 1929-May 1932, Minister for Commerce and Agriculture 1946-1949. Board Inquiry Bulk Handling of Wheat 1925. Railways standing committee 1927-1929.
References: Who's Who in Australia 1938-1965; Commonwealth Parliamentary Debates 25 Aug 1981, 681-6; Labor Call 12 June 1924; Age, Argus 1 Nov 1946; Sydney Morning Herald 6 July 1963, Labor Star July 1977; Regional News 1 Sept 1981; Murray, R., 'The Split: Australian Labor in the Fifties', Melbourne, 1972; Rydon, J., 'A Biographical Register of the Commonwealth Parliament 1901-72', Canberra, 1975; personal information
Initial data source: Browne, G, 'Biographical Register of the Victorian Parliament 1900-84', 1985
Last update: 1985 (last date the record was checked and updated)

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.